SA, Germany to improve water

A diagram of the workings of the communal water house, which is being piloted in the small Karoo town of Jansenville, Eastern Cape. Dignitaries at the sod-turning ceremony held in July 2008 in Jansenville. The commemorative plaque unveiled by The Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom, and HisExcellency the German Ambassador to South Africa, Dieter Haller. The community will benefit from access to better quality water. (All images: Communal Water House.)Janine ErasmusIn a partnership to boost access to safe drinking water in Africa, South Africa and Germany have developed a unit that promotes water-use efficiency in rural communities.The communal water house (CWH) is being piloted in the small Karoo town of Jansenville in one of South Africa’s most impoverished provinces, the Eastern Cape. It was unveiled in July 2008 by the national Department of Science and Technology (DST).Speaking to an audience of jubilant residents at the sod-turning ceremony, Derek Hanekom, deputy minister of science and technology, said, “Today we celebrate the power of innovative thinking and partnership.“It is hoped that such initiatives will be rolled out to other municipalities in South Africa in the future. This project clearly demonstrates how, through science and technology, we can meet the needs of the poor.”The DST’s key partners in this project are the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, which has invested R21-million ($2.7-million), the South African Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, the Ikwezi Municipality and the University of Potsdam in Germany.Other partners include the University of Tshwane, the National Research Foundation in South Africa, the German Society for Solar Energy, and German Water and Energy GmbH.First for SAThe pilot project is the first such facility in South Africa and encompasses the use of advanced water treatment, water recycling and improved sanitation technologies, enabling residents to access potable water within a short walking distance. The CWH is designed to service between 200 and 800 people at a time.In the CWH, run-off from cooking and bathing, or grey water, is treated and re-used for laundry, sanitation and irrigation. Solar panels are provided to heat the water, boosting standards of hygiene and making the washing process more efficient. Other community benefits include a reduced need to transport large volumes of water over great distances and the creation of jobs for the construction and maintenance of CWHs.After being drawn from its source, which may be a rainwater tank, borehole or tap, the water is put through a water treatment station and undergoes filtration, biological cleaning methods and UV irradiation, before being diverted to the community water outlet.The DST plans to expand the technology to people in other municipalities. “We are confident that this cutting-edge technology will enable us to reach the last 12% of our people who currently have no access to safe drinking water,” said Hanekom.The water savings from this innovative project are estimated at 10 m3 or 3 500 m3 per year, which is the equivalent of free public services for 150 000 people. The CWH website claims that water is used two to three times more efficiently; therefore more people can be serviced by the same amount of water. Some 50% to 70% of the community’s water is recycled.In addition, energy demand is 100 000 kWh lower per year – as solar energy is used instead of fossil fuels. Access to electricity is not required, reducing the pressure on the environment.“Our partnering with the DST and its project team aims to benefit the poor and contribute jointly to better livelihoods in South Africa,” commented German ambassador to South Africa Dieter Haller, adding that he was proud of the results of the science and technology partnership.Germany and South Africa have collaborated extensively over the years in fields such as economy, biodiversity, defence, geoscience, environment, culture, development cooperation, and science and technology. The two countries have bilateral agreements in place in a number of areas and are currently involved in some 80 active projects with a total investment value of R951-million ($125-million).Access to clean water a global problemThe World Health Organisation states that as of 2002 only 58% of the entire global population had access to improved water, while access to proper sanitation stood at 36%. Many people have to travel long distances to get water from rivers and wells, while drinking from these unreliable sources increases the risk of contracting water-borne diseases such as cholera, hepatitis E, typhoid and dysentery.Part of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals drive is to improve water supply across the world. The World Health Organisation reports that in order to meet the goal of halving the number of people without sustainable access to drinkable water and basic sanitation by 2015, an additional 260 000 and 370 000 people every day from now until 2015 must gain access to improved water and sanitation respectively.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view Useful linksCommunal Water House project websiteDepartment of Science and TechnologyDepartment of Water Affairs and ForestryGerman Federal Ministry of Education and ResearchWorld Health OrganisationUnited Nations Millennium Development GoalsIkwezi Municipality (Jansenville) read more

I’d love to do sports film, says Sonakshi Sinha

first_imgActress Sonakshi Sinha, mostly seen as the traditional Indian girl on the screen, will be seen as a boxer in a sequence in A.R. Murugadoss’ forthcoming directorial Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty. She says “personality wise, the role is closest to me as possible”.There are not many leading actresses in the Hindi film industry who shed their “girly” look to play a strong sportsperson on the big screen. But Sonakshi, who has also studied fashion designing, has no qualms about essaying such roles.”I was interested in it immediately because I played sports in school and college. Personality wise, the role is closest to me as possible. It was like being myself on screen and doing what I love to do,” Sonakshi told IANS here. Sonakshi Sinha plays a boxer in Holiday”I would love to do a film in the future where I can explore this facet a little bit more where I can play sports probably longer,” added the actress, known for serenading the big screen in saris-backless blouse or bright coloured traditional attires with her curls left loose in movies.For the scene, in which she is seen as a boxer participating in an inter-college championship, she took some training from Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Singh and her co-star Akshay Kuma too gave her tips to prepare for the role.”Yes, I did (take training) but I’ve always been a sportsperson. The basic body language has always been there. I play a lot of sports like tennis, basketball and volleyball but boxing is something that I’ve never done before and I needed help on it,” said the 26-year-old.advertisementShe said that the Ghajini director wanted her to look as realistic as possible, so be it her co-star Akshay or Vijender, who will soon make his acting debut with Akshay’s production Fugly, all forces got together to help her get into the skin of the character.”He (Murugadoss) didn’t want me to look girly or stylised or fake. Akshay showed me a little bit about boxing and made me meet boxer Vijender Singh who told me about the body language of a boxer and that helped in making it more convincing on the screen,” said Sonakshi.While the men made sure that she got the boxing moves right, the women helped her to achieve the sporty look.”The sporty look was styled by Sakshi Mehra, who is my stylist. Rest of the film has been done by Ami Patel,” she said.While she is yet to get an offer that would let her step into shoes of a sportsperson, she is thrilled about being chosen for the role in Holiday.”Akshay has worked with me before and he knew I am into sports. We’ve played sports on many of our film sets. He knew that I would be capable of pulling off the character and would be able to do what the role requires me to do physically,” said the actress, who acted with the 46-year-old in movies like Rowdy Rathore and Joker.Produced by Vipul Shah and presented by Reliance Entertainment, Holiday will hit theatres June 6.last_img read more

10 months agoEverton supremo Moshiri warns Silva over expected transfer spending

first_imgEverton supremo Moshiri warns Silva over expected transfer spendingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton supremo Farhad Moshiri is tightening the transfer purse strings.They have splashed out over £250million on transfer fees in the past two years.But with Everton sitting in the bottom half of the table, Moshiri said: “Throwing money is not the answer. “It’s getting the performance level and improving them. It is about development, about driving the club.“There will be no reaction that has not been thought out.”He continued: “You have to get it right — the buying of players and the development. Infrastructure is important and to comply with financial fair play you need to go for younger players on low wages.“The challenge is still progressing while keeping the wages down.“I think we’ve learned. We’ve had poor judgement but I feel we are in the right direction, even if it’s been difficult.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoDybala backing Juventus move for Pogba

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Dybala backing Juventus move for Pogbaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaulo Dybala admits he’d like to see Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba return to Juventus.Dybala was asked about again playing with his good friend.“I’d always like to play with someone of his level. Whatever decision he makes, I always wish him the best of luck,” replied Dybala.“Everyone knows how important Cristiano Ronaldo is for us and what he represents for our opponents too. He gives everything, whether it’s in training or a match situation, and also sets a good example for youngsters.“I’d say Lionel Messi and Ronaldo are on the same level. As for the future, Neymar and above all Kylian Mbappé have what it takes to match them.“As for myself, I have changed my style of play recently and learned so much by working with great champions. It’s quite a mature and experienced squad in Turin, but that really helps a young player like me, because you learn and absorb their mentality.” last_img read more

Maryland Upset With Michigan For Altering Its Logo In Schedule Poster

first_imgMichigan Football’s 2016 schedule poster is out. But one of the team’s division rivals isn’t exactly thrilled with the way it looks.Michigan Football dropped its 2016 schedule poster Monday morning, and per usual, it features the logos of the 12 opponents it’ll face during the regular season this year. But one – Maryland – is a bit unhappy with some changes the Wolverines made to its mark. Maryland’s logo, for whatever reason, doesn’t feature the flag bar that typically runs below the famed “M.”Maryland called out Michigan on Twitter. The Wolverines have not responded.Coming soon. #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/V18zMKMoX3— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) August 21, 2016Is the rest of our logo coming soon? #RespectTheFlagBar https://t.co/M5ZoE4PUSn— Maryland Terrapins (@umterps) August 22, 2016For reference, here’s what Maryland’s logo actually looks like.Maryland Official LogoIt’s also worth noting that Michigan did not put Ohio State’s real logo on its poster. That’s clearly some kind of shot at the Buckeyes.We’re not sure if a logo mixup will provide motivation for the Terrapins this year – but perhaps that game is now a little more interesting.last_img read more

Offensive explosion helps OSU avoid series sweep

Feeling its season slipping away, Ohio State baseball stepped up on offense Sunday, defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes 11-6 to avoid a sweep and earn coach Bob Todd his 900th victory at OSU.Center fielder Ryan Dew led the Buckeyes (27-21, 10-11) in the win, going 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs against Iowa (23-26, 10-11).Dew’s four RBIs came from a first-inning grand slam that gave OSU the lead for good.OSU added another run in the first inning when third baseman Brad Hallberg scored on a fielder’s choice from right fielder Brian DeLucia.The Buckeyes added two more runs in the fifth, and four in the seventh inning to secure the road victory.Buckeye catcher Dan Burkhart also contributed two RBIs in the win.Pitchers Brett McKinney and Jared Strayer combined to give up only four runs in eight innings, allowing the Buckeyes to build a big lead.The Hawkeyes scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to cut the deficit to 11-6, but pitcher Eric Best was able to get the final two outs to end the game.OSU, in seventh place in the Big Ten before the game, needed a win to get some important positioning before the conference tournament begins.Iowa took the first game Friday 7-5 on a three-run home run by shortstop Zach Lee in the eighth inning. The loss erased a strong effort by Strayer, who allowed just three runs on four hits in 6.1 innings of relief work.OSU gave up a 3-0 lead to Iowa on Saturday and lost 4-3.OSU returns to Bill Davis Stadium at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday to face the Pittsburgh Panthers in its final non-conference game of the 2010 season. read more

Buckeye Olympians return home without medals

Former Ohio State diver Katie Bell was the final hope for a current or former Buckeye to earn a medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Bell came up short of that goal, which sent all 11 Buckeyes home from London with memories of the Games, but no medal. Bell’s only event at this year’s Olympics was the women’s individual 10-meter platform competition. She made it through the preliminary round, which was held on Aug. 8, in ninth place. However, she finished only 16th in the semifinal, which was held the following day. Only 14 divers made it through to the event’s final, so Bell was eliminated. Bell, via her Twitter account @HippieBell, said her experience at the Games was positive, despite her failure to qualify for the final. “This experience has been amazing,” Bell tweeted. “Its [sic] a dream come true and I have enjoyed every moment. Thank you everyone for all your support.” The 10 other Buckeyes who competed in London included athletes representing eight different countries, and competing in five different sports: fencing, swimming, rowing, soccer and rifle. The fencers included two current OSU athletes, junior Zain Shaito and sophomore Mona Shaito, siblings who represented Lebanon in these Games. The other two fencers were former Buckeyes Margarita Tschomakova and Louise Bond-Williams, who represented Bulgaria and Great Britain respectively. None of the fencers made it past the first two rounds of their individual competition. The only other current OSU athlete to compete for the Buckeyes was Amanda Furrer, a senior rifle shooter, who finished 15th in the 50-meter rifle competition. The other former Buckeyes to compete in London were Canadian swimmer Samantha Cheverton, Serbian swimmer Dorde Markovic, U.S. rower Margot Shumway, Italian rower Claudia Wurzel and Honduran soccer player Roger Espinoza. Cheverton placed 11th in the women’s 200-meter freestyle swim, while Markovic was ousted from the men’s 400-meter freestyle in 23rd place. Shumway and teammate Sarah Trowbridge placed sixth in the women’s double sculls final, while Wurzel and teammate Sara Bertolasi finished 10th in the women’s pair final. Honduras was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the men’s soccer tournament. The 2012 Olympics concluded on Sunday. The next Summer Olympics will be held Aug. 5-21, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. read more

Gallery Mens Basketball at Indiana

The Ohio State Men’s Basketball team played Indiana on Feb. 10 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. Ohio State won 55-52. Photos by Casey Cascaldo Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) and Indiana sophomore forward Justin Smith (3) reach for the jump ball as the Ohio State-Indiana game begins on Feb. 10. Ohio State won 55-52. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor

Rep Lucido introduces legislation to protect children and seniors

first_imgState Rep. Peter J. Lucido, of Shelby Township, today introduced a bill to protect seniors by ensuring senior care facilities report to a statewide database.Rep. Lucido also recently introduced a bill to require inspections of childcare organizations, which will similarly report to a statewide database.Both bills will require those who do not meet standards of care for children and seniors to be added to a list that is accessible to the public.“The purpose behind this legislation is to guarantee that our most vulnerable populations, Michigan’s children and seniors, are being treated with a level of care that ensures their health, safety and overall quality of life,” said Lucido.“This bill would create an online, user-friendly database which would contain state inspection reports, complaints, investigation results and other information needed to reach an informed decision as to which care center is a good one, and which one should be avoided.”Rep. Lucido also said that bad actors within the senior care or childcare community will be reported to this database which is accessible to the public for review.“It will allow families to do their homework and keep tabs on these facilities which will ultimately allow for greater access to quality services,” said Lucido.House Bill 4009 has been referred to the House Committee on Families, Children and Seniors and House Bill 4361 have been referred to the House Committee on Health Policy.###### 15Mar Rep. Lucido introduces legislation to protect children and seniors Categories: Featured news,Lucido News,Newscenter_img Tags: #SB last_img read more

Rep Marino blasts Pentagons move to weaken PFAS regulations

first_img Categories: Marino News 20Mar Rep. Marino blasts Pentagon’s move to weaken PFAS regulations State Rep. Steve Marino, of Harrison Township, today reacted to reports that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has been lobbying for a more lenient standard for cleaning up toxic chemicals used for decades in firefighting foam used for decades at Air Force bases during drills.“This is an underhanded and dishonest attempt by federal bureaucrats to shirk responsibility for billions of dollars of clean-up needed to protect human health and safety,” Marino said. “If the Pentagon were successful in its attempt to dodge responsibility, it would leave taxpayers in Macomb County and across the state footing the bill for the federal government’s mess. Not only does this move fly in the face of common decency, it is one of the most perverse interpretations of the Tenth Amendment that I have ever seen.”The DOD’s push to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a lower groundwater clean-up standard comes as the Department faces billions of dollars in clean-up costs tied to its use of PFAS-laden AFFF firefighting foam. If successful, media reports stated, the Pentagon’s move could get the Air Force off the hook for cleaning up sites, such as a Selfridge Air National Guard Base near Mt Clemens.“Since day one, Michigan has been committed to swift, science-based solutions, and the federal response should be no different,” Marino said. “The DOD’s suggestion that the EPA adopt a groundwater clean-up standard of 380 parts per trillion – more than five times weaker than Michigan’s current standard – is absurd.”last_img read more